Volume 2 of the Mayweather-Pacquiao mailbag is back, with my answers to your questions about the big May 2 welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
There is still no information available about ticket sales, though Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe promises that will come this week. Rest assured, when the announcement is made about tickets and closed circuit seats, etc., you can count upon Yahoo Sports to have all the information for you.
I'll keep the mailbags coming right up to the fight. If you want me to answer your question, please tweet it with the hash tag #MayPacYahoo. I'll get to as many of them as I can before the fight, assuming there is a steady stream of good questions.
With that, let's jump right into it:
— Marcel Smith (@SUPERCEL42) April 7, 2015
I figured I'd might as well start off with an easy one, even though it doesn't have very much to do with the fight. Roger Mayweather was easily – easily – the best of the three trainers as a fighter. Uncle Roger won major belts at super featherweight and super lightweight, and was one of the top fighters of his day.
Neither Floyd Sr. nor Freddie Roach come close to matching him for in-ring accomplishments.
— Ricci Kitchen (@Riccikitchen) April 7, 2015
I don't think it proves a thing. There is no question that Team Pacquiao completely blew it with its response to the drug testing request in 2010. Pacquiao's people made it look as if they'd had something to hide and it was a disastrous mistake in judgment.
That said, I think Pacquiao should be praised for doing what he did to make the fight, not questioned for it. In 2012, not long before he signed a deal to fight Miguel Cotto, Mayweather made a highly publicized phone call to Paacquiao, who was at home in the Philippines at the time.
Mayweather offered Pacquiao a flat fee of $40 million for the fight, which at the time would have represented the largest purse by far of Pacquiao's career. Many of Mayweather's fans were outraged when Pacquiao didn't accept, and used it as proof that Pacquiao ducked the fight.
On some levels, it was a compelling argument.
But ask yourself this: Would you accept 40 percent (or less) of what you feel you're worth if you're offered a job? Let's say that in your area, the job you're being considered for pays $50,000 with potential bonuses based on performance. You need the job, but someone offers you a flat $20,000 salary with no bonuses or any other source of income. Would you accept?
Pacquiao is now going to make more than $100 million for the fight. He continued to make astronomical amounts of money after turning down that offer from Mayweather by fighting Timothy Bradley twice, Juan Manuel Marquez, Brandon Rios and Chris Algieri.
And by waiting, he got the deal that made the most sense and secured the future of many upcoming generations of the Pacquiao family.
I don't think either fighter was ducking the fight. This is an almost unprecedented type of bout in boxing history and there were a lot of outside influences that made it difficult to get an acceptable deal done.
— The Black Mr. Clean (@AuthorBogle) April 7, 2015
I'll be honest with you, Mr. Clean. I haven't seen that notion put forward anywhere. But your point is 100 percent on the money.
The reason the fight is so big and attracting so much interest is because neither guy has faced anyone quite like the other.
In Pacquiao, Mayweather is facing an opponent with the kind of speed and power that he has never seen. Mayweather has faced numerous hard hitters, including an unbeaten Diego Corrales back in 2001. But when it comes to a combination of speed and power, no one can touch what Pacquiao can bring, even at this stage.
In addition, Pacquiao is an aggressive fighter who will pressure and throw a lot of hard shots and won't so easily settle into the rhythm that Mayweather would like.
That being said, Pacquiao has never faced an opponent remotely close to Mayweather. First, he's fighting a legitimately bigger opponent in Mayweather, who is just as quick as him, if not quicker, and is by far the best defensive fighter he's ever faced. Mayweather is a master of angles and strategy and has a variety of punches, such as the pull counter and check hook that will create issues for Pacquiao.
It's a fascinating match from both angles and it's why the world has been so intensely interested in it for so long.
— دحاو - X (@FlemingDrX) April 7, 2015
I could go a couple of ways with this one, Dr. X. The fact that Mayweather was willing to let a reporter watch sparring, while Pacquiao was not, is very interesting to me. It's business as usual in the Mayweather camp. Things are a bit different than normal in Pacquiao's camp. I'm not sure what to read into that, but I thought I'd note it and let you make of it what you will.
But when I really think of it, the biggest thing perhaps that surprised me from what I've seen and know was how Mayweather sparring partner Maurice Lee cracked Mayweather with a clean shot in the face on the day I was there.
This is boxing, and guys get hit, even great defenders like Mayweather. But I was surprised that an untested young fighter like Lee was able to land so flush and clean as he did.
Don't make it more than it is: Mayweather wasn't hurt. He wasn't in danger of going down. And it's not like Lee was dominating him in any way.
But I found it unusual just because Mayweather is so doggone close to perfect that when he's not, it is cause for attention.
— Jack Ryan (@JackRyan2013) April 2, 2015
Nothing. If in the event one of the fighters is hurt and unable to make it to the post on May 2, they'll look to reschedule at the earliest opportunity. That, of course, is something that no one hopes comes to pass.
The problem with a training camp injury is that no one can know in advance how serious it is and how long it will take to heal. So, all they can do is rely upon the doctors and the fighter himself to let them know.
So, if there is an injury that forces the postponement, they'll deal with it when it happens.
— MP (@MP_HTX) April 7, 2015
I'm not sure where these rumors get started, but they're just that. Rumors. There is ZERO truth to it. The fight is happening on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The only way that wouldn't be the case is, as I answered above, if one of the fighters gets injured.
But both are fully healthy now and working out regularly in camp.
It's bizarre that we're so close to the fight and tickets aren't on sale, but it's one of the many things that make this event so unique.
— Comedian The DA (@ComedianTheDA) April 3, 2015
This is a really good question and not one easily answered. I agree generally with your point that power is generally the last thing to leave a fighter.
Let's look at Pacquiao's record during the Freddie Roach Era, which began with the Lehlo Ledwaba fight on June 23, 2001. Pacquiao is 25-3-2 with 14 knockouts under Roach. That's a knockout percentage of 46.7 under Roach's direction. But it has declined tremendously in the last five years. From the Ledwaba fight through the Cotto fight, Pacquiao was 18-1-2 with 14 knockouts under Roach. That is a 66.7 percent knockout rate. Beginning with the Joshua Clottey fight in 2010, Pacquiao is 7-2 with zero knockouts.
Does that indicate Pacquiao has lost his power?
Well, perhaps. How much he's lost is the question, and maybe there are other factors at play here. He never came close to knocking out Clottey, Timothy Bradley (over 24 rounds in two fights), Juan Manuel Marquez in their Nov. 12, 2011, bout, or Brandon Rios.
He easily – easily – could have gotten a stoppage against Antonio Margarito in 2010, and Margarito trainer Robert Garcia received some justified criticism for not stopping the bout himself. Pacquiao knocked Chris Algieri down six times, but Algieri moved so much it was very difficult to get the finish.
Pacquiao was also on the verge of a knockout against Marquez in their Dec. 8, 2012, bout, but got a bit reckless and got knocked out himself. Pacquiao had Shane Mosley in great trouble in the third round after a knockdown, but Mosley fought extraordinarily defensively after that. When a fighter is mostly intent upon surviving, as Clottey was throughout his fight with Pacquiao and as Mosley was in the last nine rounds, knockouts rarely come.
I think there has been a slight decline in his combination punching. It's also matchup-oriented. Many of the spectacular finishes he got – Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton – came against offensive-oriented fighters. Guys who box and are defensive-oriented aren't as likely to be knocked out.
He still hits extremely hard. Bradley has told me that on numerous occasions, but I think you can attribute some of his issues to a decrease in his own aggression, a slight drop in his combination punching and the style of his opponents.
— uknowwhatitis (@yothisisdre) April 7, 2015
I just hate questions about rumors, because 99.999999999999 percent of the time the rumors have no foundation in fact and are simply the figment of someone's imagination.
One of the things I find amazing is the rumors about what is going on in sparring, particularly in Pacquiao's camp. No one has seen Pacquiao spar, except for a handful of his closest friends/advisers. Roach boots everyone out of the gym when it's sparring time, yet there are reports about what is going on inside.
Take all of it with a grain of salt. Both men appear to be in magnificent condition. They're healthy and they're preparing like they should.
Be skeptical of anything a source says in a fight like this, because it's often simply made up.
Is the result of random blood testing be publicized? #MayPacYahoo
— Jason Sarz (@djzuccer) April 3, 2015
There is no plan in place to officially release the results of the tests. I will check with USADA's Travis Tygart to see if I can get the dates and results of the tests done. Only ones ordered by the Nevada Athletic Commission are public, however, and so they're under no obligation to release test results on ones they've voluntarily agreed to do.
Well, that's it for today's mailbag. Again, if you want me to consider your question for use in an upcoming mailbag, post it on Twitter with the hash tag #MayPacYahoo
Finally, I've included the commercial for the fight below. Let me know what you think of it in the comments. Are you impressed? Underwhelmed? Does it get you fired up to watch? Please let me know your thoughts on it.